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BROWSING: Bitstream announced release of ThunderHawk for Microsoft Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 31.03.04 - 20:43:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 6960x
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BROWSING: Bitstream announced release of ThunderHawk for Microsoft Smartphone

Bitstream Inc. announced yesterday the release of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition, Bitstream's breakthrough mobile browsing technology for  mobile phones based on the Windows Mobile, which lets anyone with a wireless connection browse the Web anytime, anywhere.

Already available to wireless carriers and operators to supplement voice with data services, ThunderHawk's SmartPhone Edition is now available for end users to download on Bitstream's Website. New users, as well as current SmartPhone Edition beta users, can download the 30-day free trial of the product release or subscribe to ThunderHawk for $49.95 per year or $5.95 per month.

ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition for end users makes the Internet truly wireless, allowing users anytime, anywhere access to the entire Web with an easy-to-use browser for SmartPhones. While some browsers reformat the Web page for quick reading, users still have to scroll through several pages before finding the information they need. ThunderHawk promotes effortless navigation because Web pages appear just as they do on desktop browsers users are already familiar with. As a result, images are full and crisp, text is clear and easy to read, and users can find information fast and read it quickly.

Important features of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition include a more intuitive user interface. The split screen mode lets users easily skim information and quickly find their orientation on a Web page. The upper half of the split screen shows the entire page, while the lower half displays the selected area at full size. Full screen mode displays a section of the page at full size.

Users can save favorite websites to ThunderHawk for easy recall later, or use the address bar history to cycle through websites previously visited. There is no need to relearn new Web browsing techniques. Users point to and click links just like they would in a desktop browser. With ThunderHawk's premier support for open standards and security protocols, SmartPhone Edition provides users with a truly complete Web browsing experience.

"This edition of ThunderHawk delivers the best user experience available today for browsing Web pages on SmartPhones," said Anna Chagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bitstream. "There are nearly 10 million SmartPhone users in the world today. Our latest version of ThunderHawk will allow us to tap into this growing market by providing Windows OS-based users with immediate access to the information they need, in a format they instantly recognize. This release also continues our commitment to expand the reach of ThunderHawk into a greater variety of mobile devices."

ThunderHawk is a breakthrough mobile browsing technology that brings the desktop browsing experience to Pocket PCs and cell and smart phones. It gives customers complete Internet access to real Web pages while displaying readable, legible text and crisp, sharp graphics.

A client-server technology, ThunderHawk relies on a server infrastructure combined with a small piece of thin-client code on the actual handheld device. The server infrastructure removes complexity from the handheld devices. It also transmits Web content in a more compact format to the handheld device, making fast and full-featured wireless Web browsing possible.

ThunderHawk does not rely on WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or cHTML (Compact HyperText Markup Language). This removes the need for Web content developers to create separate Web sites optimized for small devices, or for companies to license separate software that converts Web sites into a format appropriate for SmartPhones.

By delivering full-featured Web browsing to mobile devices, ThunderHawk gives customers the same browsing experience on a wireless device as they are used to on the desktop.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Mitchell Waite on 01.04.04 - 04:50:30

This is very cool. I had trouble getting it to connect when not in the cradle, and there installation requires you to drag a CAB into the start menu (you must turn the phone on and off to get the cab recognised). The rendering is pretty nice. I tried a map in map quest but its too small to read, however I could easily read a google search page.

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